Latitude: 10 blasts from the past including Billy Bragg and Booker T Jones
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This weekend festival-goers urring towards the Obelisk Arena can expect a blast from the past, with Afghan Wings, Billy Bragg and James all featuring on the bill over the course of the two days.
Latitude Festival is known for bringing us the ‘next big thing’, but this year there is also a wealth of well-established artists making an appearance.
Having broken into the public consciusness from the 1960s onwards, here are 10 blasts from the past on this year’s bill - the majority of which will be playing the Obelisk Arena.
1. Chrissie Hynde (Obelisk Arena, Sunday)
She was the frontwoman of The Pretenders for 35 years and is one of the all-time legends of rock ‘n’ roll. From helping to craft number one anthems Brass in Pocket and My City Was Gone, she has now launched a solo career. Her debut solo album Stockholm has been billed as power pop.
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2. Booker T Jones (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
A soul legend who helped define the landscape of the modern genre, Booker T Jones has been a prolific songwriter since the 1960s. The Hammond B3 organ master is on form on his new album Sound the Alarm, collaborating with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices.
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3. Afghan Whigs (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the Afghan Whigs have just released their first album in more than a decade and a half.
Frontman Greg Dulli and his bandmates play a blend of hard rock and classic soul.
4. Billy Bragg (Obelisk Arena, Friday)
Active on the music scene since the 1970s, protest singer and activist Billy Bragg has fans across the generations.
5. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (Obelisk Arena, Friday)
Paul Heaton, of 1980s Hull indie pop band The Housemartins and later The Beautiful South, will perform with his Beautiful South bandmate Jacqui Abbott. The pair have just released new album What Have We Become, and their set should offer something for fans old and new.
6. James (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
Brit pop heavyweights James formed in 1982 then went on to sell 12 million records worldwide. They return with new album La Petit Mort.
7. The Jayhawks (Obelisk Arena, Sunday)
American alt-country and rock band The Jayhawks return to the festival circuit this summer. Formed in the 1980s, the band has had several incarnations and was on hiatus from 2005 to 2009.
8. Alison Moyet (Film and Music stage)
Former member of 1980s synthpop band Yazoo Alison Moyet has enjoyed a diverse career spanning more than three decades. Her sultry vocals can be found at the Film and Music stage.
9. Mogwai (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, Friday)
Glaswegian post-rock band Mogwai were formed in 1995 and their instrumental tracks helped shape the genre. Their latest studio album, Rave Tapes, is their eighth.
10. Damon Albarn (Obelisk Arena, Saturday)
This could be stretching the definition of ‘blast from the past’, but is another excuse to mention a performer set to wow in his headline slot. The frontman of 1990s Brit pop powerhouse Blur will be performing tracks from his solo album Everyday Robots.